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2016 True Commitments Roundup - PART 3

01/06/2017, 9:45am CST
By True Lacrosse

Commitments continued!

Ian Rodriguez (midfield, Rockford High School, MI ’19) commits to the United States Air Force Academy

Ian Rodriguez has committed to the United States Air Force Academy. A three-year member of True Michigan, Ian has been playing lacrosse for seven years, and was the only freshman on the Rockford Varsity Lacrosse Team selected for the All Star Games at the Legacy Tournament and Midwest Elite 80 Showcase. Also a member of the Rockford football team, Ian scored 19 touchdowns as a freshman on the JV football team; he moved up to starting inside linebacker as a sophomore last fall. The honors student will take his academic and athletic career to Air Force in two years. “Loved the campus, high level of education, and future opportunities, and all-expenses-paid education,” were among his reasons for choosing Air Force. “I am most excited about playing at such a high level of competition and continuing to improve my game. I also can’t wait to meet some old True teammates on the field as competition.” His two years with True Michigan made all the difference for Ian. “I wouldn’t have been recruited without True. They took my athleticism and turned me into a high-level lacrosse player. They marketed me to D1 schools and opened doors that I couldn’t have opened on my own. My favorite part of playing for True was the tight-knit relationships established with my teammates and coaches.” Before committing to Air Force, Ian strongly considered Boston University, UMass, Amherst, West Point, Detroit, and Bryant.

Riley Rooney (midfield/attack, St. Charles East High School, IL ’17) commits to Illinois Wesleyan University

Riley Rooney has committed to Illinois Wesleyan University. Riley has played for the True Illinois Girls Program for the last five years of her six-year playing career. Now, she looks forward to four more years of lacrosse at Illinois Wesleyan. “When I started looking at colleges, the most important aspect to me was how comfortable I felt on campus, and when I visited IWU, I felt like I was at home. I knew going into the college search I wanted to attend a school that would challenge me academically and that is something that I will get out of my next four years of school.” Riley is excited to compete at the next level. “I am most looking forward to meeting new people. I feel like in high school, especially senior year, you feel like you are trapped with the same people you have grown up with your entire life and college gives you the opportunity to make new relationships. Next year, I am really excited to play with people who share a common goal. On high school teams, seldom do you get the luxury of playing with people who care as much about the sport as you do, and I can’t wait to join a team that shares the same level of dedication to lacrosse as I do.” Riley is grateful to the True Illinois coaching staff for their dedication to their players. “True has supported me throughout my entire lacrosse career and training process. The coaches have been dedicated to helping me from the time when I didn’t yet know how to pass and catch the ball to the time when I started to finish complex plays in games.” She continued, “Throughout the past five years with True, I have been able to get a lot of hands-on experience with reputable coaches, and I was able to meet and play with girls from all across the Chicagoland area. I have met some of my best friends and teammates playing with True. The relationships that I have made on this team are something that I will never forget.” Before committing to IWU, Riley strongly considered Albion College and The College of Wooster.

Cameron Roth (LSM, Culver Academies, IN ’19) commits to University of Massachusetts

Cameron Roth has committed to the University of Massachusetts. Cam has been playing lacrosse for five years, the last four of those with True Lacrosse. Originally from Naperville, IL, Cam is currently a member of the True Lacrosse State team in Illinois. He earned a number of honors throughout his lacrosse career, and also plays football and hockey. He now gets to look forward to four more years of lacrosse at UMass. “I chose UMass because of the connections I felt while at UMass with the team and the coaches, as well as when walking around campus; it just felt like the school for me,” he said. Cam plans to study business management. He has already set goals for himself at UMass, saying he is most looking forward to, “working as hard as I can to improve my speed and get bigger in order to break Jake Deane’s groundball record.” The friendly competition with the True owner and former UMass player comes from a place of respect and appreciation. “Jake Deane helped train me and push me and also got me in front of the right people and in the right events in order for me to perform to my best ability in front of college coaches,” Cam said, adding that his favorite part of playing for True was the people: “The players and coaches.”

Davis Schiller (midfield, Cranbrook Schools, MI ’19) commits to the United States Air Force Academy

Davis Schiller has committed to the United States Air Force Academy. Davis has been playing lacrosse for 10 years, the last two of those with True Michigan. Throughout his playing career, Davis has earned such honors as All State, All Catholic, and invitations to Jake Reed’s Blue Chip Camp and Maverik Showtime. Davis also plays hockey at Cranbrook, and earned a place on the Dean’s List. The Air Force Academy checked all the boxes in his search for the perfect school. “The Air Force Academy is a top-rated academic institution,” he said. “I was incredibly impressed during my visit there. The players I met all love it and the coaching staff are really great guys. I plan on studying biology and attending medical school upon graduation. I will also fly and jump out of a few planes along the way!” Davis is excited for the chance to play for Air Force. “Playing on a service academy team is a unique opportunity. I love being on ‘the’ team and I can only imagine how tight the guys on the AF team become. Beating Duke this year is a reflection of that. On paper, AF probably doesn’t match up well, but the intangibles they have allow them to achieve things others cannot. I want to experience that!” His time with True Michigan helped Davis throughout the recruitment process and to hone his game, preparing him for the next level. “I credit my True coaches for believing in me and putting together a team that impressed all of the college coaches that watched us. My coaches communicate very well with college coaches and have earned their respect. I became a much better player with the help of Dan Catzere and Chris Gervat. I have played lacrosse since 2nd grade and therefore had a few good things about my game, but my coaches really helped me put it all together this summer. They put me in situations that challenged me to be better. I look forward to continuing to improve under their guidance in the coming years.” When asked what his favorite part of playing for True Michigan was, Davis said, “Love my teammates! Great group of kids from all over the state. We can’t wait to play together again in the fall and next summer.” Before committing to Air Force, Davis strongly considered Ivy League and Big10 schools.

 

Erik Schoonover (attack, Carmel High School, IN ’17) commits to Hope College

Erik Schoonover has committed to Hope College. Erik is a senior at Carmel High School, where he is a National Merit Scholarship Commended Student and an AP Scholar with honors, and a member of the National Honor Society. He is a scholar athlete, has helped coach and referee for youth lacrosse, and is a peer tutor. Erik has played lacrosse for seven years, five of those with True Lacrosse, and currently plays for the True Indiana State Team. This fall, he will take his playing career to Hope College. “Hope College is a hidden gem in the science field,” Erik said, adding that he is, “planning to study biochemistry and do research in organic chemistry.” Erik is most looking forward to “doing research and studying abroad while in school. Coach Schanhals is an awesome person and I can’t wait to continue to learn and grow under his guidance.” His five years with True helped Erik improve his skills and prepare for the next level. “When I first started with True, I could barely pass and catch. Having multiple practices a week in the fall, winter, and summer allowed me to develop the skills I needed to move to the next level. True provided the tools and confidence I needed to talk to college coaches. They also provided advice and answers to my questions during the process.” Erik continued by saying, “I love the friendships I have made with players from around my area at other high schools, as well as the instruction from the coaches is always tailored to the individual while also in a group setting.” Before committing to Hope College, Erik strongly considered the University of Alabama-Huntsville, Michigan Technological University, and Indiana University.

Jake Simon (face-off/midfield, Hinsdale Central High School, IL ’17) commits to Arizona State University

Jake Simon has committed to Arizona State University. Jake is a seven-year lacrosse player, the last four with True Lacrosse. He has played for the True Illinois State Teams and the True National team; he was also an IHSA All-Conference Selection. He is a member of the National Honor Society and earned a place on the Dean’s Honor Roll at Hinsdale Central. Jake is also active in youth group. This fall he’ll get to continue playing lacrosse while pursuing a degree in Industrial Engineering. “I chose Arizona State because of the high level of both education and lacrosse,” he said. “Along with their outstanding Engineering school, their lacrosse team is one of the best in the MCLA, constantly ranking in the top ten. With the combination of academics and athletics, Arizona State was a clear choice for me.” He continued, “I am most looking forward to the change in pace that college provides. Being on my own is scary but I am excited to begin the next chapter of my life. Also, being able to play college lacrosse is something that I have always dreamed of, and I am excited to be able to play for a university and try to compete for an MCLA championship.” Jake credits True with helping him achieve his goal of playing college lacrosse. “True Lacrosse was a vital role in me becoming the player and person I am today. All of the practices helped me improve my skills and I was able to practice with some of the best players in Illinois. Also, the opportunities for recruiting that True gave are unparalleled, with all of the tournaments and showcases that True provided, I had many coaches emailing me after every tournament.” Jake added that his favorite part about playing for True Lacrosse was “how many new people I was able to meet. Thanks to True, I have met so many new people and developed relationships that will last a lifetime.” Before committing to Arizona State, Jake strongly considered Purdue, Calvin College, and Virginia Tech.

Keegan Stenstrom (attack, Grand Rapids Christian, MI ’17) commits to Stevenson University

Keegan Stenstrom has committed to Stevenson University. Keegan has been playing lacrosse for seven years, and one year with True Michigan. He earned All Region, All Conference, and All State honors in that time. In addition to lacrosse, Keegan also plays hockey. He will pursue a degree in business at Stevenson University this fall, a school he chose because it was “DIII, so I can get a good education while playing lacrosse.” Keegan is looking forward to playing at the next level for “more of a fast pace, higher intensity” lacrosse. Of his time with True Michigan, Keegan said it “helped me grow my knowledge in lacrosse and taught me how to be a student athlete,” adding that his favorite part were the “rides with Gervat out east.” Before committing to Stevenson, Keegan strongly considered OWU and Salisbury.


Isabel Torres (goalie, York High School, IL ’18) commits to the University of New Hampshire

Isabel Torres has committed to the University of New Hampshire. Isabel has been playing lacrosse for three years and is a two-year member of the True Illinois Girls Program. She was ranked 1st for saves at the Under Armour tournament; she is also an Under Armour Top 150 player, and made the all-tournament team at the Indian Prairie Showdown. When she isn’t playing lacrosse, the honors student is active in tennis, Key Club, Skillz, and USA Ambassadors. With plans to study ocean engineering, Isabel is looking forward to taking the next step in her education and lacrosse career at UNH. “I chose the University of New Hampshire because it had everything I was looking for in a school: good size, not too close to home, competitive lacrosse, and good academics.” She continued by saying, “I look forward to pursuing my interests in engineering. I also look forward to playing at an even faster pace and a higher intensity.” Of her two years with True Illinois Girls, Isabel said, “True helped me by always pushing my limits as a player and guiding me through the recruiting process. My favorite part about playing for True is the high intensity and competitiveness my teammates and I bring to every practice.” Before committing to UNH, Isabel strongly considered East Carolina University, James Madison University, and Furman.

 

Claire Truscott (defense, Shaler Area High School, PA ’17) commits to The College of Wooster

Claire Truscott has committed to The College of Wooster. The four-year player for True Pittsburgh has been playing lacrosse for five years, and will continue her career this fall at Wooster. “I chose Wooster because of the sense of community throughout the school,” she said. “I am looking forward to learning more about lacrosse and pushing myself to become a stronger player.” Training with True Pittsburgh helped elevate her skills and prepare her for the recruiting process. “True helped me learn how to play lacrosse with different people and helped me with recruiting by giving me a chance to travel to different places and meet different coaches,” she said. “My favorite part about playing for True was that I was able to go to different places and see how people from all over the place play.” Before committing to Wooster, Claire strongly considered Wittenberg University and Ohio Northern University.

 

Ali Wessel (attack, Fox Chapel Area High School, PA ’17) commits to Oberlin College

Ali Wessel has committed to Oberlin College. A four-year member of the True Pittsburgh Girls Program, Ali has played lacrosse for eight years, and is a four-year letterman at Fox Chapel, and earned 2015 Division II Section II All WPIAL honors. Additionally, she runs cross-country and participates in horseback riding. She is also an AP scholar and scholar athlete. With plans to study economics and environmental science, Ali is looking forward to continuing her education at Oberlin. “I chose Oberlin because of its liberal arts education and commitment to social justice and preserving the environment.” As for her lacrosse career, Ali said, “I am most looking forward to continue advancing my lacrosse skills at the next level. I am also excited about all the new experiences that college brings.” Ali’s four years with True Lacrosse helped make the possibility of playing college lacrosse a reality. “Without True, I would not have even considered playing at the collegiate level. Before, playing in college was not something that I thought was possible, but True helped me realize that college lacrosse was within my realm.” She continued by saying, “My favorite part about playing for True was getting to play with players from different high schools and being able to grow as a team throughout high school.” Before committing to Oberlin, Ali strongly considered Occidental, Skidmore, and Colby.

 

Raegan Woolwine (midfield/defense, Waubonsie Valley High School, IL ’18) commits to St. Francis University

Raegan Woolwine has committed to St. Francis University. Raegan has played for the True Illinois Girls Program for all three years of her playing career. She was named to the Brine National All American All Star Team in 2016, and was the MVP Offensive Player of the Year with Tribe Lax that same year. She led her team in goals, assists, and draws, too. Raegan is a member of the JKB Leadership Group; she is the FCCLA publicity manager, Library Committee founder, and state finalist for FCCLA. She was also the Waubonsie Valley High School girls’ basketball team captain in 2016. With plans to pursue a degree in public health, Raegan is excited for her college career. “I am excited to play with the team and get to know the girls. I am also very excited to continue learning and growing as a player.” Raegan’s three years with the True Illinois Girls Program elevated her game and helped her reach the next level. “Without True, I would not be in the position I am. The competitive atmosphere during practice pushed me to become better. All the girls on my team are supportive and helpful. The True coaches are very invested in helping each player. They pushed me to grow as a player. They also guided me and answered all my questions.” She continued, “I love the competitiveness! I also love all the girls. It’s a great program to be a part of. I love my True family.” Before committing to St. Francis University, Raegan strongly considered Fresno State, University of Indianapolis, and Grand Valley State.

 

Conner Wysong (LSM, Holland Christian, MI ’17) commits to Albion College

Conner Wysong has committed to Albion College. Conner has only played with True Michigan for one year of his last five years playing lacrosse. He has earned a number of awards throughout his career including Most Coachable (2013); Most Improved (2013, 2016); All-Conference Honorable Mention Ok Tier 1 (2016); All-State Honorable Mention Division 2 (2016); and Academic All State (2016). In addition to lacrosse, Conner plays hockey, spikeball, and runs cross-country. With plans to study business and econ, Conner is excited for all Albion has to offer. “It’s a small school, the business and economics program sends a ton of students to the Ross School of Business at Michigan for my graduate degree, it was the closest to home out of all my options. Additionally, it ended being the best economical option. Finally, the lacrosse program is up and coming. I wanted to be part of elevating the program to its next level. Currently, that would be an elite 8 appearance.” He is also looking forward to all of the experiences the next four years will offer. “Oh, definitely studying a higher proportion of things that interest me than high school,” he said of what he is most looking forward to in college. “Being out on my own, I think college will make it evident to me what my flaws and strengths are and with that knowledge, I’ll be able to make myself a better man. I’m excited for a team of guys with lacrosse as their number 1. It’ll be thrilling to be pushed everyday not by a couple teammates, but all of them.” His one-year with True Michigan proved beneficial due in large part to the coaching. “The high caliber of coaches and players collectively raises everyone. And the connections the coaches have here are stellar. You name the school, and within two days, you’re talking with the coach.” His favorite part of playing for True Michigan? “Probably the 50 or so nicknames I got from it,” he said in jest, adding, “in seriousness, the camaraderie of the team. Some other sweet stuff is playing on a team that succeeds at the highest level.” Before committing to Albion College, Conner strongly considered Roanoke, Queens, Lynchburg, Sacred Heart, Denison, and Wabash.

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